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Torn Between These Two Options

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July 28, 2012 12:22:24 PM

Hey guys, I had posted in a previous thread that I was looking for a $700 rig and I was glad to find so many great responses!
I have come to a crossroads, should I cheap out on the cpu and get a AMD Phenom II X4 965 but also get a 6950 2gb or should i get a 2500k and get a 6870?

Thanks,
Gavner

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July 28, 2012 12:49:41 PM

give me your location, what you dont need, and do you overclock or crossfire/sli
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July 28, 2012 12:49:58 PM

the better video card would be the 7850
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July 28, 2012 12:51:42 PM

I don't plan on crossfire, I may overclock in the future, its a possibility
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July 28, 2012 12:57:35 PM

I already have the rest of my build, i just needed advice on my question above
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July 28, 2012 1:03:03 PM

X4 965+6950.

The Phenom II's are still capable processors, and the 6950 represents a step up in terms of performance from the 6870.

But the 7850 is the same price as the 6950 (in the US), so why not just get that?
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July 28, 2012 1:04:27 PM

well of course the 7850 + 965 is a good choice. just putting it out there that i3 2120 beats phenom ii x4 965 in almost all games. just that you cant overclock
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July 28, 2012 1:04:34 PM

The 7850 is around $60 more than the 6950, could you link me a site where it's the same price?
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July 28, 2012 1:11:45 PM

I was checking out Amazon because there is no sales tax where I live and Newegg does have a sales tax, I don't know if it will balance out
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July 28, 2012 1:29:45 PM

The 6950 I wold get is 2gb, is that a factor to consider?
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July 28, 2012 1:31:01 PM

The 7850 is $40 more on amazon. I'd say it's worth the trade-off in heat and power consumption.

gavner said:
The 6950 I wold get is 2gb, is that a factor to consider?

Most games don't use that much VRAM at 1080p. The performance difference between the 2GB and 1GB version are about 2-5 FPS.
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July 28, 2012 1:55:02 PM

The 7850 that was linked is the cheapest one available, I would feel more comfortable going with one that has high ratings
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July 28, 2012 1:58:36 PM

Im spending $220 max on the gpu so those won't work
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July 28, 2012 1:59:09 PM

gavner said:
Im spending $220 max on the gpu so those won't work

GTX 480. Unless you have a low quality PSU.
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July 28, 2012 2:39:52 PM

What psu should I get If i were to get the 6950?
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July 28, 2012 2:58:31 PM

Bare minimum, a high quality 400 watt. Ideally you want a 500w PSU.
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